Traveling Seas Far & Wide
The Floating Laboratory of Action & Theory At Sea (FLOATS) is an experimental platform dedicated to teaching, research, public engagements and awareness about the social sciences of the sea. One of our main objectives is to offer a continuous critical commentary on the perils of our dominant territorial frameworks. We take seriously the idea of “floating,” whether in terms of the state of contemporary forms of mobility and rootlessness that the space of the sea offers or as a means of fostering a series of "floating conversations" over the many pressing past and present challenges as well as creative opportunities of seas and shorelines. Bringing together academics, artists, activists and others, FLOATS will rotate serially through the seas, stopping at several key port-cities and sites along the way to host a series of open meetings and public events.
The Boycott, Divestment, Sanctions movement is a Palestinian-led movement for justice, equality, and freedom. It works to end international support for Israel's oppression of Palestinians, upholding a simple & clear principle: Palestinians are entitled to the same rights as everyone else.
FLOATS meetings are conducted under BDS principles, i.e. there can be no cooperation with Israeli institutions, only with individuals within Palestine/Israel. If individual participants hold Israeli citizenship, they can participate but they cannot endorse the citizenship, at least not publicly (Lebanese citizens and workers in Lebanon are by state law forbidden to participate in projects with Israeli citizens. FLOATS is administered by the American University Beirut, which is subject to the same laws).